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Cardinals release Broxton, call up John Gant

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have given RHP Jonathan Broxton his unconditional release and called up RHP John Gant from Memphis.

The Cardinals acquired Gant, not to be confused with John Gast, from the Atlanta Braves in the offseason deal that sent Jaime Garcia to Atlanta. After starting the season on the disabled list with a groin strain, Gant returned to the mound in mid-May and in three starts for the Redbirds has a 2.19 ERA over 12.1 innings of work.

He will join a bullpen in St. Louis that is slowly being remodeled, adding Gant and John Brebbia over the past few days.

Gant spent time in the Majors with Atlanta last season and posted a 4.95 ERA in 20 innings of relief work over 13 appearances.

After coming to St. Louis by trade in 2015, Broxton posted a 2.66 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 23.2 innings of work to finish up the season. The Cardinals declined his option, but would later sign him to a 2 year, $7.5 million deal in free agency. He posted a 4.30 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 60.2 innings of work last season and had stretches where he was one of the most reliable relievers out of the bullpen. Unfortunately, he also had bouts of being the opposite.

So far this season Broxton has struggled, posting a 6.89 ERA and 2.17 WHIP over 15.2 innings. With Miguel Socolovich gone in the move for Brebbia, that left Broxton as clearly the worst pitcher in the Cardinals’ bullpen and John Mozeliak pulled the trigger today to make the move.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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